Hampstead Elementary students take one-day international tour


April 24, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE WEEK AGO, all 600 students at Hampstead Elementary School traveled around the world, passports in hand, learning something from five continents. All in one day.

Since fall, the media, physical education, art and music teachers have peppered the school curriculum with snippets of world culture, tied to an Olympic theme. They call their program GROWL for Globally Researching Olympic World Learners. GROWL captured all course work in the school during an intense study of the world on April 15-26.

Last Wednesday, each grade marched continent to continent wearing T-shirts of a single Olympic color: The first grade wore blue; second grade, yellow; third grade, red; fourth grade, black; and fifth grade, green. The shirts will appear again at the school's May play day, which also has an Olympic theme.

Each class was given an hour to absorb the culture. They asked questions, listened to stories from guest speakers and sampled international foods prepared by teachers. The school cafeteria prepared special food items.

In native dress, Fatou Dibba Saidy, wife of Gambia's ambassador, told the students about the customs of her African country, which is about the size of Connecticut.

Mike O'Hara played a didgeridoo, a large bamboo horn typically played for hours by Australian aborigines. He also taught students an Australian song.

Stella Letras, a fifth-grade teacher at Mechanicsville Elementary School, discussed her childhood in Greece and how that country has modernized.

Carlos Bedoya demonstrated the discipline of Asian cultures through karate.

Brad Rogers discussed the Native Americans of South and North America by telling stories and showing artifacts.

Fifth-graders Kaitlin Bressler and Hillary Geiman were surprised by some aspects of Gambian family life. Mrs. Saidy told the students about a Gambian husband who has five wives and 42 children.

"They have lots of children and lots of schools, but only boys can go," Hillary said.

Kaitlin added, "They have holidays like ours, with Christmas and eggs at Easter. And they speak English."

Neither has visited a foreign country, but after the day's experiences, both girls said they were much more interested in travel.

"We don't live in a culturally diverse population, and the students usually are not exposed to it," said Vice Principal Monica Smith.

Understanding that Hampstead is but a small part of the world is difficult for younger students, she said.

Friday, two weeks of world cultural activities will close with a tree planting, an afternoon jazz concert and an art show of student-created South American rain sticks, Australian bark paintings, Asian sumi-ink paintings, African fabric prints and European paper cutting.

Information: 751-3420.

Healing services offered

Find comfort and rest this evening at a Service of Healing at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Manchester, 3184 Church St. It's the church closest to the town'shistoric white oak tree. The service begins at 7: 30 p.m.

Few churches in North Carroll apparently offer healing services, but Immanuel Lutheran has offered them for about five years. An increasing number of people are sharing in the services. About 70 people attended a January service despite harsh weather.

"People have been coming because so many things have happened in Manchester, a lot of illness, several tragic accidents," said Ginny Sellers, secretary at Immanuel Lutheran and a member of the evangelism committee. "We needed to let the community know that this service is available. It's not an evangelistic, put-down-the- crutches-and-walk-type service, but [an opportunity] to come together and heal each other as a community."

Pastors Matthew and Norma Schenning direct the service, which includes prayer and anointing for each individual at the altar. The service is open to people of all faiths.

Information: 239-6311.

Unusual school guests

Kaitlin Moore, a student in Ann Kihn's kindergarten class at Manchester Elementary School, brought a most unusual show-and-tell to school Friday.

Outdoors, eagerly munching grass, were Tom and Rusty, two honey-colored Belgian draft horses, each standing about 18 hands high and weighing 1 ton.

"Grass is like candy to them," said Ramon "Buggs" Morgan, owner of the horses and R. H. Morgan Lumber of Orbisonia, Pa.

Usually, the Belgian horses are in the woods, dragging 8-foot logs. Each horse can pull as much as three-quarters of a ton. They work in pairs, dragging logs downhill from logging areas to a log loader, a 16-wheel truck that is equipped to lift and stack logs on its bed.

They're working for the next three weeks off Bachmans Valley Road in woods owned by Kaitlin's family. Every 10 years, woods are selectively harvested to encourage younger trees to grow. The mature wood is useful for furniture, wood pallets or railroad ties.

"Logging by horse is a slow process but environmentally good for the growth of trees," Mr. Morgan said.

Although logging by horse is a more familiar sight in Maine and Canada, it is the preferred way to harvest trees on small wood lots or in heavily developed or environmentally protected areas.

Mr. Morgan noted that the path cut by machines is five times as wide as the one cut by his horses.

Information: R. H. Morgan Lumber, (814) 447-5662.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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